COPD - INSPIRED COPD Outreach Program
Lung Health/Pulmonary Health

The INSPIRED COPD Outreach Program brings together a team of professionals to provide education and support to people with COPD and their families in their homes to help them cope better with COPD. (Watch a video about the program here).  This program includes:

  • Home-based education according to your needs. This includes information about caring for your lungs, medications and use of your inhalers, home oxygen (if your doctor has prescribed it for you) and coping with your lung disease.
  • Can include a “COPD Action Plan” to help manage COPD and its acute flare-ups so that you can treat infections early and avoid trips to the Emergency Department.
  • Help with navigating the healthcare system and gaining access to programs/services that may be helpful to you.
  • An opportunity to discuss advance care planning (.pdf) or (Watch Video).
  • A contact number you can call between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on weekdays where you will be able to speak to a respiratory therapist if you have questions or concerns about your COPD.

There is no cost for participating in the INSPIRED Program.

More about this service

Location and contact information

Cape Breton Regional Municipality
Cape Breton Regional Hospital
INSPIRED COPD Outreach Program
1482 George Street, 3rd Floor
Sydney, NS, B1P 1P3
Tel: 902-567-0378
Fax: 902-563-7920
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m

Colchester County and East Hants Municipality
Colchester East Hants Health Centre
INSPIRED c/o Raj Makkar
600 Abenaki Rd
Truro, NS B2N 5A1
Tel: 902-324-2694
Fax: 902-893-8321
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m

Cumberland County
Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre
Respiratory Therapy Department
19428 Highway #2
Amherst, NS, B4H 1N6
Tel: 902-667-5400 ext 6110
Fax: 902-667-1882
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m

Halifax Infirmary

1796 Summer Street, Room 4526
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 3A7
Tel: 902-719-6194
Fax: 902-425-4191
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lunenburg and Queens Counties
South Shore Regional Hospital
INSPIRED COPD Outreach Program
90 Glen Allan Drive
Bridgewater, NS, B4V 3S6
Tel: 902-523-3880
Fax: 902-527-5099
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m

West Hants - Mount Uniacke to Windsor and Surrounding Area
Hants Community Hospital
Respiratory Therapy Department
89 Payzant Drive
Windsor NS, B0N 2T0
Tel: 902-792-2061
Fax: 902-798-5107
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m


You are eligible for The INSPIRED COPD Outreach Program if:

  • You have a confirmed diagnosis of moderate to severe COPD. This needs to be confirmed by a spirometry test (a breathing test that measures lung function) that shows you have:
    • Severe COPD (which you probably do if you have COPD and are too breathless to leave the house, or get breathless after dressing/undressing) or:
    • Moderate COPD (which you probably do if you have COPD and stop for breath after 100 meters or walk slower than those in your age group and have to stop for breath when walking at your own pace
  • You live in the Central Zone (Halifax, Dartmouth, Sackville, East Hants, Eastern Shore), Cumberland County, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Lunenburg and Queens Counties, as well as Colchester and East Hants counties.
  • You are community dwelling, which means you do not live in a nursing home or a long term care facility
  • You are willing to be referred

And You have been:

  • Admitted to hospital with a flare up of your COPD at least once in the past year.

 If you live in Central Zone you may be eligible if you have gone to the Emergency Department more than once in the last year because of your COPD

How do I sign up?

If you are a patient with moderate or advanced COPD who meets our eligibility criteria and would like to be part of the The INSPIRED COPD Outreach Program, please ask your family physician or respirologist to fill out the INSPIRED COPD outreach Program referral form.

*What zone am I in?

COPD Resources and Forms

Learn More

  • Watch Marjorie's story and see first hand how the INSPIRED program has changed her life.